Old Lyme senior Caleigh O'Neil, who scored the game-winning goal when the Wildcats beat Old Saybrook 1-0 in the 2016 Class S state soccer final, has accepted a Division I scholarship to row at UMass! ... There is a great article spot lighting her path to success... take a look!
Every 90 seconds, someone is injured in a drunk driving crash, and every 53 minutes someone dies in a drunk driving crash, according to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). Paramedics and educators around the country are intent on making these statistics real for teens by staging mock drunk driving crashes at high schools across the country in the hopes of having students think before making poor choices.
On Friday, April 28, LOLHS students participated in a Mock Crash event. Old Lyme EMTs, Firemen/women, Police, and Fulton Funeral Home all participated volunteering their time to help make this event as realistic and meaningful as humanly possible. Following the crash, we convened in the auditorium where students listened to a 'mock' Eulogy for the student who fictitiously died in the crash. Paramedics from Backus Hospital as well as a representative from MADD addressed the students describing their experiences.
Thank you to LYSB for sponsoring this event - specifically Missy Garvin for organizing and coordinating all parties. It was quite a compelling event.
Congratulations to Cole Hamparian who was selected as the April Chamber of Commerce Business student of the month. He was selected because of his vast interest in business. By the time Cole graduates from high school he will have taken a wide variety of the business classes offered at LOLHS in an effort to help him narrow down the area in which he would like to major in college. He is enjoying all of his business classes ... which makes for a tough decision. Well done Cole!
DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) and their Adviser Dr. Hedwall traveled to Waterford High School to participate against 7 local high schools in the Apprentice Challenge. Without any prior knowledge of the challenge, LOLHS students had to design and present a marketing campaign for the Norwich Arts Center "on the spot." LOL students did an amazing job in creating and presenting their campaign.
Members of FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) attended Tech Day in New York on April 18 with their Adviser, Joanne Hedwall, and the School-to-Career Coordinator, Elizabeth Shoudy. Students were able to hear stage presentations about various businesses and visit various (hundreds of) booths with information about new startups and already established businesses.
The DEEP Student Ambassador Program has been active in our schools for two years. With direction from the Boating Division of the DEEP and assistance from a liaison in each school, students produced boating safety outreach displays. These displays are set up in the schools in April each year, in areas where students could see and appreciate the safety messages. Later in the month these displays are brought up and displayed in Hartford at the Capitol.
Aiden Greene, has brought in his safety outreach display to share with students here at Lyme –Old Lyme High School. Currently it is in our library and I encourage you to stop by and see his hard work.
Lyme-Old Lyme- The Level 4 Spanish classes at LOLHS incorporate the study of culture as part of their language learning. To begin the year, each student chose a Latino and/or Hispanic country on which to focus throughout the year. As the class engaged in units about topics such as the environment, adolescence, and family, students researched the topics in the context of their focus country and culture. For example, during the study on the environment, students researched issues related to natural resources, endangered animals, and the effects of technology and modernization on indigenous communities. Students presented their findings to the class. This allowed them the opportunity to explore the topics in multiple cultural contexts. An important aspect of the studies is for students to compare and contrast cultures with their own. They learn to celebrate their similarities and learn from their differences. The goal of these experiences is to help students develop an understanding of perspectives different their own and to develop a sense of respect for other cultures.
The class had a cultural celebration in March. Each student cooked an authentic dish with a recipe from the country that he/she had been studying. The teacher also made a "tortilla Espanola" (Spanish omelette) to share. Foods were displayed and then students had a chance to taste them. This cultural exposure helped students experience a wonderful variety of flavors and textures without judging foods by the way they looked.
Through the study of the curriculum, movies, guest speakers, and experiences such as this one, students realize how important it is to understand and appreciate the diversity around us.
Spectrum is a diversity club whose mission is to run educational activities aimed at dispelling minority stereotypes and encouraging broader understanding and appreciation for people of all sexual orientations, gender identities, religions, ethnic backgrounds or national origins, and disabilities. The club spent several weeks this year under the guidance of our library-media specialist, Lucy Trost to create a genre of LGBTQ books that were both resources and young adult literature. Spectrum members saw the need for having books that the LGBTQ students could identify with, along with resources for the school community.
As we approach prom season, it is the position of the school that prom proposals should be a private event between two people.
Public proposals during the school day have the potential to create an uncomfortable and embarrassing situation. To that end public proposals on school grounds will not be permitted.
Any students engaging in a public proposal will jeopardize their ability to attend the prom.
Check out the trip daily log to find out more about this fabulous trip
Take a look at some great photos of the Cuba group! If you click on the link, you can read about all their daily adventures!
Lyme-Old Lyme High School would like to recognize Adam Czarnecki for being named the Rotary Student of the Month for Music. Adam is a very kind and positive student. Over his four years he has continued to insist on a high level of performance from himself and the other students. He has never stopped trying to make himself a better person and player. He is the most improved musician over the past four years.
Below find the schedule for the AP exams which will begin in 2 weeks! A student can opt to leave after the exams or arrive late to school for afternoon exams - Please be sure all paperwork has been submitted.
On April 4, 2017 Skyelar Shaw and Maria Donato were honored at the Connecticut Association of Schools Annual Arts Recognition Banquet recognizing outstanding visual and performing arts students. Skyelar (visual arts) and Maria (performing arts) were selected for excelling in their respective fields as well as possessing qualities of scholarship and leadership.
Congratulations to Skyelar and Maria!
The TechnoTicks traveled to Hartford Public High School this weekend to compete in their second FIRST District Competition.
Having won at Waterbury, the team was excited to get their robot back onto the playing field. Saturday was challenging in many ways particularly when one of the ropes broke and the robot fell to the ground. Although individually the team did well, FIRST robotics is about working in "Alliances with Gracious Professionalism" and at the end of the first day of competition, the Ticks were in 32nd place out of 42 teams. This was a hard come down for the team having won their previous competition as Alliance Captains.
Three qualifying competitions took place on Sunday morning and two re-plays due to technical field issues. By Sunday lunchtime and with much encouragement from their ever-optimistic mentors, the team rallied and were lying in 21st position. Twenty-four teams go through to the quarter finals, but lying in 21st is no guarantee of being chosen to play by one of the eight lead teams. Following much discussion of the team’s strengths, analysis of the data, influencing and negotiating, the team were chosen to play and joined a competitive alliance as 6th seeds. With some amazing work by the drive team and the “ man player” and continued support of the dedicated scouts, the Ticks made a significant contribution to knocking out the 3rd seed alliance in the quarter finals. In the semi-finals the alliance where they were themselves knocked-out 2-0 by the 2nd seed alliance, who in turn was beaten by the 1st seeds with a new world-record high score for this year’s game. With their win at Waterbury and reaching the semis at Hartford, Team 236 is now placed 16 out of 194 teams in New England.
The Ticks now look forward to St. Louis and the FIRST Robotics World Championships!
Jenna Peduzzi, Danny Reid and Matt Sapere signed their letter of intents to their perspective college athletic programs on Monday, March 20th. Jenna will be playing soccer for the University of New Haven. Danny will be playing soccer for Allegheny College and Matt Sapere will be playing football for Southern Connecticut State University. A big wildcat CONGRATULATIONS goes to them for their hard work and commitment.
Congratulations to Alex Williams for his submission to the New Elements Contest.... The element: Moscovium.
The purpose of the contest was to design an elemental tile for one (or more) of the four newly named elements, nihonium (Nh), moscovium (Mc), tennessine (Ts) and oganesson (Og). The top entries were featured in Chem 13 News and were chosen based on creativity, research and artistic expression. One of Alex's tiles was in the March issue of Chem13 News. He created a tile for all 4 elements! Along with their tile they also submitted a description of their creation.
This is Alex's description:
I decided to draw the Headquarters of the Joint Institute for Nulear Research (JINR) in Dubna, Russia. I superimposed my drawing of Saint Basil's Cathedral in Moscow over JINR, to portray the namesake of moscovium. I researched how scientists bombarded americium with calcium ions to create a highly radioactive new element. I emphasized this radioactivity through yellow rays and the elements calcium and americium on either side. Lastly, to acknowledge the joint cooperation of Russia and American chemists in 2003, I drew the Russian and American flags side by side at the foot of the JINR headquarters.
U.S. Representative for Connecticut, Joe Courtney, mingling with Lyme Old Lyme students and faculty.
take a look at the official pictures sent from his office
Congratulations to the Lyme / Old Lyme High School Science Olympiad team for their impressive showing at their first-ever High School Science Olympiad tournament!
While the Lyme/Old Lyme Middle School Science Olympiad team is not new to the competition, a group of students who have competed on the middle school team reached an age where they could no longer compete in the Division B tournament (grades 6-9). These Olympians pushed for the district and their coaches to start a high school team and promised to continue on the path of excellence that they’ve become accustomed to working towards and they delivered!!
The Lyme/Old Lyme Science Olympiad team is the proud recipient of the trophy that is given to the HIGHEST SCORING NEW TEAM!
While our team had less than half the competitors needed to field a full team, they’ve proven that they’re dedication to learning pays off. The team competed in twelve of twenty-three events and scored in the top 10 out of 44 teams for seven of those events including earning gold medals in Invasive Species and Rocks and Minerals as well as taking bronze medals in Microbe Mission and Forensics.
*Brynn McGlinchey – Bronze medal Forensics and Microbe Mission
Emma Sked - Gold medal Rocks and Minerals
*Gary Bocian – Bronze medal Forensics
*Kylie Hall – Gold medal Rocks & Minerals and Invasive Species. Bronze medal Microbe Mission
*Coaches Middle School Science Olympiad Team
9th grade competitors: Audrey Berry, Ethan Carrion, Nick Fava, Mitra Kardestuncer, Lizzy McCarthy, Ryan McTigue, Sami Olson,
Team Captains: Nate Ramella and Rachael Larson
HS Coaches: Brynn McGlinchey, Cole Dushin, Emily O'Brien, Gary Bocian, Jacob Olson, Kylie Hall, Kiran Nadkarni, Ryan Ramella, Nic Roth, Emma Sked, Sarah Hayward
College Coach: Eric Pan
12: Veteran's Day Assembly
14: PAB mtg @6:30
14: Music Boosters@7
15: Winter Sports Team Night@6:30 pm
16: Safe Grad @ Jonathan Edwards!
19: FOM mtg @ 7pm
21-25 - Thanksgiving!
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